Inside the hotel that will host the Trump-Kim summit


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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet at the luxury Capella hotel on Sentosa island.

Officials had also considered the Shangri-La Hotel, which hosts an annual worldwide security summit and was the venue for a 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

After meeting Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, Trump told the media Friday that he had not liked the term "maximum pressure" as ties with the DPRK had been improving.

According to President Trump it likely won't be the last.

He said the goal for the summit was denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

Senate Democrats sent Trump a letter Monday demanding a series of nuclear concessions from North Korea before they would support a removal of economic sanctions.

It comes after a Washington Post report cited two U.S. officials suggesting the Trump administration has been "seeking a discreet way" to help pay Mr Kim's hotel bill.

The change in his position was detected after he withdrew his cancellation of the summit, citing the North's positive reaction to his abrupt decision to call off the meeting.

"North Korea (summit) looks like it's moving along very well".

"We feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made", Sanders said.

The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and Kim's de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting.

(ENGLISH) Edit No2247 6/5 "North Korea looks like it's moving along very well, a lot of - a lot of relationship being built; a lot of negotiation going on even before the trip". North Korea's economy has been badly crippled by a series of sanctions imposed by the United Nations as a penalty for its reckless nuclear programmes pursued till previous year.

In keeping with normal practice, Singapore, as the host nation, will have to pay out for general security and various other expenses. We can go fast, we can go slowly.

After his last meeting with Trump in April, Abe said the two leaders were in complete agreement on North Korea policy, namely to keep sanctions in place until Pyongyang takes concrete action toward verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

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